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 Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Fletch
 Date of Information:  05/19/2012
 Date Posted:  05/20/2012

Both the standard route and Castle Couloir are in. Snowshoes not necessary. Road is clear (more or less) to the base of the headwall. From there, spikes and/or crampons are helpful, but not necessary. Couloir is in fine shape and it was sucessfully skiied Saturday. Ridge to Conundrum is more or less dry and shouldn't be an issue w/ spikes.

Glissade off saddle is in, as is the headwall. Continuous snow up and down if you pick the right line. It's hot up there, so I imagine this condition report has a shelf life of about 2 weeks.

We drove to 10,600 on the road before reaching snow drifts that were in the shade and were a bit much for a standard 4X4.

  • Comments or Questions

Thanks for the update.     2012-05-21 03:38:34
Hey fletch,

Looks like you and I have more time for climbing. We won't have to watch so much basketball.

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